Neenah resident launches GoFundMe account to help local fire department

Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue air boat training (WBAY file photo)
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Published: Oct. 2, 2018 at 6:31 PM CDT
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A Neenah man launched a GoFundMe account this week raising money so the local fire department can better perform water rescues.

The money will help the Neenah-Menasha Fire Department buy equipment that normally would be beyond its budget.

When the fire department responds to a water rescue Taylor Olsen doesn't hesitate to help out -- especially if it's near his house along the shore of Lake Winnebago.

It's also why he's behind

, raising money so the department can update equipment.

"I felt that we as a community could step up and help this team do their jobs better, make them safer and help the community be safer as well," said Olsen.

So far the page has raised $1,700, and Olsen says he's met with the department to identify specific needs.

Olsen added, "Some items on the list: Night vision, helping these guys see at night; that way they can help rescue faster or do recovery faster. Thermal imaging; I mean, that's very big for cold water or even ice."

For the department, the money would purchase equipment it otherwise couldn't afford.

"You have a wish list, and some things get cut out and some things are approved, and those higher end items are always the harder ones to get," said Chief Kevin Kloehn of the Neenah-Menasha Fire Department.

Right now there's no deadline on the length of time in which donations can be accepted, but the goal is to raise about $15,000.

Olsen said, "I have two young boys, 8 and 5. I think about all the families on my road, I think about all the families on the lake, and I want to ensure that they have the best equipment possible to keep themselves safe and our community safe."